Things to Do in Rockport, MA

Explore sandy beaches for swimming, diving, sailing, and kayaking. Experience the breathtaking scenery of Halibut Point State Park and its granite quarries. Walk public footpaths along the sea or through historic Dogtown. Discover the Straitsmouth and Thacher Island lighthouses. Watch the most magical sunrises and sunsets.
Old Garden Beach

Old Garden Beach

Old Garden Beach, a small sand and stone beach with an adjacent municipal park, offers a beautiful view over Sandy Bay and grassy areas for picnics with your friends and family. This intimate, very small beach is secluded enough to…

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Rockport New Year’s Eve

Rockport New Year’s Eve

The mission of Rockport New Year’s Eve (RNYE) is to broaden and deepen the public’s appreciation for the performing, literary, and visual arts through innovative, diverse and high-quality programs that offer the community a shared cultural experience that is accessible…

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Essex National Heritage Area

Essex National Heritage Area

Essex National Heritage Area is a non-profit organization that rallies our community around saving the unique character of Essex County: the thousands of historic, cultural, and natural places that were crucial in shaping our nation; the places that led to…

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Long Beach (Rockport)

Long Beach (Rockport)

Long Beach, off Thatcher Road, is another long, protected stretch of ocean and sand, backed by a cement retaining wall and lined with summer cottages. From Long Beach you can easily view the twin lighthouses on Thacher’s Island. The Rockport…

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Loblolly Seal Cruises

Loblolly Seal Cruises

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Address: T-Wharf, Rockport
Phone: (978) 998-2711
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Loblolly Seal Cruises provides intimate, customized cruises to visit the seals off the coast of Rockport, MA. Every trip is a different experience, but Harbor Seals, Grey Seals, native birds and other wildlife all make their home around Sandy Bay.…

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Rockport Exchange

Rockport Exchange

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Rockport Exchange is a volunteer organization building a strong community by featuring the qualities that make Rockport so distinctive: the history, geography, art and culture. Two festivals, along with a Farmers’ Market during the summer, are held each year. The…

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Millbrook Meadow

Millbrook Meadow

Millbrook Meadow is Rockport’s “green jewel”. The Meadow and Pond belong to Rockport and offer a special place to build memories with our families and friends. For generations, Rockporters and visitors have skated on the Pond, fished in it, and…

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Rockport Golf Club

Rockport Golf Club

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Address: 36 Country Club Road, Rockport
Phone: (978) 546-3340

Rockport Golf Club is located in Rockport, Massachusetts at the tip of Cape Ann. Rockport is a short train ride or drive from Boston and close to the following other North Shore towns and cities: Gloucester, Magnolia, Manchester, Beverly, Beverly…

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Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

Essex Heritage provides leadership to a coalition of stakeholders developing the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. The 90-mile roadway links 14 coastal communities from Lynn to Salisbury and features scenic views, period architecture, historic sites and recreational opportunities. With the twin…

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Halibut Point State Park

Halibut Point State Park

Halibut Point State Park is a uniquely beautiful coastal seascape. Looking seaward on a clear day, the view stretches from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire.…

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Twin Lighthouses

Twin Lighthouses

Twin Lighthouses, also known as Cape Ann Light Station, are the only surviving multiple lights on the coasts of the United States. The original 45-foot towers were constructed and lit in 1789; making them among the oldest of America’s lighthouses.…

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The Headlands

The Headlands

Tucked away on a side street in downtown Rockport is a lovely natural area called the Headlands. Sometimes called “the overlook capital of Cape Ann,” it’s just a short walk from Bearskin Neck and a great place to get away…

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Loblolly Cove

Loblolly Cove

Loblolly Cove is a bay in Rockport, MA that is featured in many vintage postcards. Loblolly Cove is an area popular with dive classes due to its shallow depths and abundance of shallow water creatures, such as seals.

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Rockport Music/Shalin Liu Performance Center

Rockport Music/Shalin Liu Performance Center

Enriching lives through great music For over 30 years Rockport Music/Shalin Liu Performance Center has been committed to one enduring purpose: enriching lives through great music. Located in the scenic seaport village of Rockport, Massachusetts, Rockport Music presents exceptional musical…

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Front Beach

Front Beach

Front Beach is a beautiful sandy beach on Sandy Bay in Rockport. From warm summer days to bright winter mornings, this beach is enjoyed by visitors and locals year round. The beach is also within an easy walk from the downtown Rockport…

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North Shore Kayak Outdoor Center

North Shore Kayak Outdoor Center

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Address: 9 Tuna Wharf, Rockport
Phone: (978) 546-5050
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Visit our North Shore Kayak Outdoor Centers in Rockport and Gloucester for kayaks as well as paddling equipment, bicycle rentals and TONS of sunglasses, sandals, and summer footwear for your outdoor adventures! New this year: Paddle Boat rentals! Guided sea…

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Free Guided Walking Tours

Free Guided Walking Tours

Join us for Free Guided Walking Tours! All tours begin in Dock Square. In July and August, tours are 7 days a week: Monday – Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Between Labor Day and Columbus Day,…

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Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse

Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse

Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse was built in 1835 to mark the entrance to nearby Rockport Harbor. The relatively small lighthouse is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard but, the island itself is owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society as a bird…

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Cape Hedge Beach

Cape Hedge Beach

Need a bit of solitude? Quietly tucked away, Cape Hedge Beach is perfect for the vacationer who wants to get away from it all. Relax in the gentle New England breeze as you take in the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean. Continuing…

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Thacher Island Association

Thacher Island Association

Thacher Island Association (TIA) was established in 1981 by the Thacher Island Town Committee (TITC) as a non-profit group dedicated to raising funds for the restoration and on-going maintenance of the Island . The Town of Rockport owns the southern…

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Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museums

Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museums

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Address: 40 King Street, Rockport
Phone: 978-546-9533

Preserving the history of Rockport, Massachusetts. Visit us at the Sewall-Scripture House located at 40 King Street. Museum Hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday July thru mid-September and by chance. Research Library Hours:  9 a.m. to 1…

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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, at the end of South Street, leaves no doubt as to why it is so named. Pebbles and stones cover this beach; however, they are not rough and jagged, but smooth and rounded as a result of the…

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Back Beach

Back Beach

On Beach Street between Main and Granite, Back Beach offers great views as a bonus to its sand and surf, and is close to the downtown shopping area. Back Beach is a renowned scuba diver’s destination. Located on Route 127,…

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Seaview Farm Boarding Stables, LLC

Seaview Farm Boarding Stables, LLC

Seaview Farm in Rockport, MA offers all-natural, grass-fed beef as well as fresh seasonal vegetables grown with sustainable & organic farming methods. Our farm stand is open 7 days a week from May 15-December 26. Our hours are 8:00am –…

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